GenomeScan obtains ISO/IEC 17025:2017 accreditation

Monday, February 10, 2020

In December 2017, the ISO Organization launched a new laboratory quality standard to replace the ISO/IEC17025:2005. Today, GenomeScan is the first genomics service provider in the Netherlands to obtain an ISO/IEC17025:2017 accreditation. This new high quality standard requires laboratories to implement a strict quality management system and to demonstrate that they are technically competent. Hence, accreditation conforms that the laboratory is able to produce valid and reliable data and deliver trusted results.

Prof. Dr. Bart Janssen, Manager Quality and Compliance at GenomeScan, emphasized that this is the result of a team effort: “This decision indicates that the Accreditation Council acknowledges the good work that has been performed by GenomeScan’s team. Our wet laboratory, our dry laboratory, our human resources, office, customer support and quality assurance departments and our board have worked together to lift our operations to a very high quality level that reflects the commitment of the company to technical innovation with the recognition of customer needs.”

GenomeScan has obtained its ISO/ÍEC17025:2005 accreditation in 2011. After the publication of the 2017 standard, it took GenomeScan a year to implement the major novelties of the 2017 version. This includes the introduction of systematic risk assessments and a new customer complaint policy. The new standard also has a focus on information technology (LIMS). In September 2019, the Accreditation Council (RvA) audited the implementation of the new standard. The auditors gave very positive feedback throughout the audit. Last Wednesday, 05-02-2020, GenomeScan received the accreditation certificate.

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